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31 December 2008

Feel grateful to be alive...

9:58 AM Posted by steve flores 1 comment
So when Nat and I left for San Antonio on Tuesday, December 23rd, little did we know what we were getting into? The plan was to get up early, 3:30 AM, shower and hit the road by 5 AM. That plan went to pots when, the night before, Nat fell asleep early and I stayed up late packing and cleaning the house (I promise. I'm not bitter). So I fell asleep, just shy of midnight knowing I would get a few short hours of shut eye and then have to drive 10 hours to San Antonio to visit family. I was not looking forward to that drive.

3:30 AM came quickly as the alarm went off. Nat told me to go back to sleep and convinced me there was no rush and how I should get at least another hour of sleep. I didn’t argue and welcomed another hour. She finished what I didn’t get done the night before and an hour later I woke up and watched the news for weather and road conditions. Everything seemed good…seemed was the operative word. We loaded up the car, hugged our dogs and started our journey at around 7:30 AM or so.

Once we hit the freeway, we knew road conditions were not ok! It was like we missed a headline or something, cars were stranded on both the sides of the roads due to accidents. We lost count at 15 and I’m not talking fender benders. Some of these cars were mangled! We never saw an accident take place, yet we saw the damage it caused after. I think we missed one a few minutes before it happened, because we got stuck, sitting idle, for approximately 45 minutes while we saw 4 EMS trucks, 2 fire trucks, and countless state troopers rush to aid. I drove about 40 miles per hour on the highway for at least an hour and half and prayed we wouldn’t end up as one of the cars we saw mangled from an accident. The normal 10 hour drive took us 13 hours and I was glad it was over once we pulled into my parents drive.

I realized it somewhere between Hope, Arkansas and San Antonio, TX, if we had left by my plans, first, who knows how well my reactions or response would have been due to a lack of sleep. Second, at 5 AM, there’s not much daylight, I would have had no warning to the road conditions and we might have had a horrible accident. So, I’m grateful for so many reasons.
1. To a God who sees what I can’t
2. For a wife who told me to go back to sleep
3. Facebook (strange but true) – through status updates, it kept the people who care about us in the loop and prompted some to pray
4. Those of you who prayed, I believe God heard your prayers.
5. To type this blog, breathe in air, and have our car in one piece.

Driving back to North Little Rock, AR was definitely quicker, but still nerve wrecking. We counted 18 deer alongside the highway by Arkadelphia. There is nothing more gut-wrenching than seeing all those deer and knowing how on a dime they could turn and cause us to lose it.

Psalms 33:20 We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. 22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.